This brilliant and delightful performance has a rare Viennese feel to it (certainly rare by the house standards and for the orchestra not being the Vienna Philharmonic), a feel directly attributable to the genial Marschallin and the Ochs employed here, what with their masterly command of the German language and their impressive ability to specifically color and texture words and sound, and bend notes and phrases, to achieve said Viennese flavor. Take, for instance, the Act I repartee between them --- a marvel of spontaneity, élan, playfulness and uncanny detail and timing that I don’t think I have heard done better. It is a masterclass in vocal acting. Not least attributable to the success of this performance is the distinguished but sadly underappreciated Maestro at the podium. Under his direction, the house orchestra plays with a level of musical culture, detail and transparency that renders the efforts of many lesser or overhyped conductors overblown or ineffective. Credit too to the wonderful Octavian and the Sophie.
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